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  • Join Liz and Adam in a discussion about high-speed trains. Trains are not very common in the US. But around the world, this method of transportation is more and more popular. Are there high-speed trains in your country? Have you ever ridden on one?

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  • When is a shoe more than just a shoe? Join Liz and Adam in a REAL conversation between two native English speakers. We find out that Adam might have a shoe obsession. And we find out that Liz has a special pair of shoes from a European country. Do you buy expensive shoes? Are there special cultural shoes in your country?

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    https://spotlightenglish.com/shopping/shoes-of-the-world/

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  • What kinds of shoes do people wear around the world? Colin Lowther and Liz Waid look at unusual and special shoes from around the world. How does culture influence clothing?

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  • Have you ever had a gut feeling? Did you act on it? Did you ever do something, only to realize that what you thought wasn't true? These quick decisions are snap judgements. Join Adam and Liz as they talk about Malcolm Gladwell's book "Blink". We look at how snap judgements can affect us more than we know!

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  • Colin Lowther and Liz Waid look at the quick decisions we make, without thinking. These decisions affect our lives more than we know.

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  • Where do your flowers come from? Join Adam and Liz as they talk about the flower industry. Can this business improve workers' lives? Do you shop for flowers? If so, do you look for fair trade flowers? Join our conversation about the business of flowers!

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  • This is a real conversation between two native English speakers about topics that matter. Join Adam and Liz in a conversation about how education can help stop hate. They talk about ways that people can educate themselves about hate groups. They also look at ways that you can look at your own biases and how propaganda influences people. Is there propaganda where you live? How do you stop your own biases? Join our conversation!

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    https://spotlightenglish.com/society/10-ways-to-fight-hate-series/10-ways-to-fight-hate-educate-yourself/

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  • This is the fifth in a series of 10 programs on fighting hate in your community. Liz Waid and Colin Lowther look at the fifth way to fight hatred - learning about hate groups.

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  • Join Liz and Adam as they have a real conversation about the history of how vaccines were brought around the world. They look at how the COVIS-19 vaccine will need to reach all parts of the planet before we can all be safe. Have you gotten a COVID-19 vaccine yet? Will you get one when it is available?

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  • Adam Navis and Liz Waid give a short history of how people around the world get vaccines. We will have to use many of these methods to deliver vaccines that everyone needs – the COVID-19 vaccines. How do you get vaccines?

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  • Join Adam and Liz in a conversation about a very difficult topic. For many years, the native people in Canada were treated very badly by the Canadian government. The Canadian government and the native people have worked toward reconciliation, or forgiveness. They are working to heal the terrible effects of many years of colonialism. But is this even a possible task? How does the government apologize and do better?

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  • In Canada, there is a long, sad history of abuse towards native people. Bruce Gulland and Megan Nollet look at this terrible history, and an attempt to bring healing. Can a country ever reconcile a difficult situation?

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  • Join Liz and Adam as they talk about China Achebe. Achebe was from Nigeria. He saw that media around the world did not show the true culture of Nigeria and Africa. So, he set out to tell the story of African people Is there an author who tells about your culture very well?

    Adam mentions a few authors in this program. Here are links so you can check them out.
    Haruki Murikami: https://www.harukimurakami.com/
    Jose Saramago: https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/1998/saramago/biographical/

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    Join Liz and Adam as they tell about the Cellist of Sarajevo. We discuss our program Music in War, which tells the story of this performer named Vedran Smailović. People around the world have experienced war. But finding beauty in these hard times is often difficult. We are in a hard time right now with COVID-19! How do you find beauty in hard times?

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  • Food full of poison. Rotten food. Food that is just plain strange! In today's conversation Adam and Liz talk about taboo foods. These are usually foods that most people will not eat. They are foods other people or cultures may think are gross or even immoral! Join this conversation between two native English speakers. Have you ever eaten a taboo food?

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    Would you eat decaying food? What about poisonous food? Liz Waid and Adam Navis look at these and other taboo foods - foods that most people will not eat. Are there foods in your culture that other cultures find taboo?

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  • Nature is often amazing! Join Adam and Liz as they have a real English conversation about the phenomenon of the Northern Lights – also called Aurora Borealis. These lights have been happening in northern countries since the beginning of the earth. But what causes them and why are they so interesting? Have you seen anything like the Northern Lights?

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    Join our REAL English conversation about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This man from Germany made a difficult choice. He believed that violence was never the answer. But yet, he decided to join a group killing another man. How and why did he decide to do this? Adam and Liz discuss making difficult choices. How do you make difficult choices?

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    Would you ever harm someone on purpose? Bruce Gulland and Liz Waid look at the difficult ethical choice made by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. What guides people to make the right choices?

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    In this conversation, Adam and Liz talk about 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic. They discuss stories from this week's featured program. They also talk about their own personal COVID-19 stories. What is your pandemic story? Is it still going? How has your life changed?

    https://spotlightenglish.com/your-life/life-and-loneliness-during-covid-19/

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